IT just hit theatres this weekend and has debuted to rave reviews and box-office success. Is IT the best Stephen King film adaptation ever made?
After another disappointing Stephen King adaptation in The Dark Tower. I was apprehensive going into IT. The hype for the movie was out of control. The marketing for the film was on point with IT‘s trailers and TV spots hyping up everyone on the internet. Did IT live up to the hype?
Yes. Yes IT did.
IT delivered on everything it promised to be and more. Tt was terrifying, creepy and hilarious! In fact I wouldn’t put IT under the genre of horror, and thats not a bad thing. It felt like a coming-of-age film with horror elements thrown in the mix.
There were however numerous jump-scares and some genuinely creepy stuff in there for sure! Im never gonna forget THAT opening scene where the entire audience in my theatre was left scarred! All in all it was a satisfying film and one that left me begging for more. For an in depth analysis, check out this review here.
Now that we know IT is a genuinely good movie, where does it rank among the plethora of Stephen King adaptations?
It’s easy to pick out the good Stephen King adaptations because they’re in the minority. There have been some god-awful films like Sleepwalkers and The Shining TV series King directed himself. More recently we’ve had some disappointing ones like Carrie (2013) and The Dark Tower (2017). IT (2017) would be in the Top 4 of the best Stephen King films of all time. The list would go something like this:
4. IT (2017)
Ranking IT (2017) fourth is by no means a disservice to the film. There have been over FIFTY film and TV adaptations of King’s works. IT blows most of them out of the water, including the original 1990 TV series starring Tim Curry as Pennywise.
Bill Skarsgard knocks it out of the park as Pennywise and the child actors in the film are terrific. IT is a terrifying joyride from start to finish.
3. Stand By Me (1986)
Stand By Me is an 80s classic directed by Rob Reiner starring Wil Wheaton (from Big Bang Theory, yes), River Phoenix and Corey Feldman.
Based on the 1982 short story ‘The Body’, Stand By Me is one of the most beloved and perhaps the greatest coming-of-age film ever made. It set the bar for coming-of-age films, and IT (2017) came very close to surpassing it.
2. The Shining (1980)
The Shining is considered one of the greatest horror films ever made, by one of, if not THE, greatest director to have ever lived: Stanley Kubrick.
Kubrick crafted a horror-masterpiece despite veering away considerably from the source material. Jack Nicholson gave an iconic performance as Jack Torrance, delivering some of the most memorable lines in film.
Some of the behind the scenes details of this movie are incredible. Kubrick wrote the script as he went along filming it. He even tormented actress Shelley Duvall on set to get a great performance out of her. The IMDb trivia for this film is worth checking out!
1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption needs no introduction. One of the greatest films ever made and currently number one on IMDB’s Top 200 movies of all time.
Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins gave masterful performances in a truly classic movie. The Shawshank Redemption is the greatest Stephen King adaptation ever made. No other adaptation film will ever surpass it, not even IT.
While IT may not be the best Stephen King adaptation, it is an excellent film nonetheless. It is definitely one of the best films of the year and a must-see for any movie fan.
IT is now playing in cinemas.